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Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax

Yo-Yo Ma & Emanuel Ax (1971)Photo by Dorothea von Haeften

June 21, 2021

In the early 1970s, two Juilliard students met and became close friends. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Emanuel Ax. Their friendship has spanned almost half a century now, and their musical collaborations go back more than 40 years. On today's show, Fred Child talks to Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma about music and emotions, and we'll hear from their brand new album Hope Amid Tears.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonata in E-Flat Major, BWV 1031 Movement 3 Allegro
James Austin Smith, oboe | Bridget Kibbey, harp
Album: Distance
TwoPianists Records 1039183

Florence Beatrice Price, arr. William Grant Still: Dances in the Canebrakes
Chicago Sinfonietta | Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
Album: Project W: Works by Diverse Women Composers
Cedille Records 91852

Antonio Vivaldi: Oboe Concerto in D Minor Op. 8 No. 9, RV 454
James Austin Smith, oboe
Geoff Nuttall, violin
Owen Dalby, violin
Meena Bhasin, viola
Christopher Costanza, cello
Anthony Manzo, double bass
Pedja Muzijevic, harpsichord
The Bank of America Chamber Music Series, Spoleto Festival USA, Dock Street Theater, Charleston, SC

Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 2: Movements 2-4
The Orchestra Now | James Bagwell, conductor
Bard College, Fisher Center for The Performing Arts, Annandale On-Hudson, NY

Hour 2

Dmitri Shostakovich: Cello Sonata In D Minor For Cello And Piano, Op. 40: Movement 4 Allegro
Yo-Yo Ma, cello | Emanuel Ax, piano
Album: The Essential Yo-Yo Ma
Sony 93927

Erno Dohnanyi: Serenade for String Trio in C Major, Op. 10
Augustin Hadelich, violin | Jonathan Vinocour, viola | Ani Aznavoorian, cello
Seattle Chamber Music Society, Center for Chamber Music, Seattle, WA

Traditional, arr. Li Wenping: Jasmine Flower
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra | Benjamin Northey, conductor
Hamer Arts Center, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Ludwig van Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69: Movement 1
Yo-Yo Ma, cello | Emanuel Ax, piano
Album: Hope Amid Tears: Beethoven Cello Sonatas
Sony 45599270